23 January 2017 Liv Apartments on journey to achieve One Planet Living certification

First apartment development in WA to sign up to the world’s leading green communities framework

Liv Apartments, the residential apartment development by Defence Housing Australia (DHA) in Fremantle’s new East End precinct, has been officially accepted to apply to the prestigious Bioregional Australia One Planet Program for sustainable living.

Liv Apartments is the first apartment development in Western Australia to be registered in the One Planet Living (OPL) program, helping keep the City of Fremantle and Western Australia on track as global trailblazers in sustainable living.  The City of Fremantle was only the second city in the world to achieve recognition as a One Planet City in September 2014. If successful, Liv Apartments would be only the fifth endorsed One Planet Community in Australia and one of fewer than 20 worldwide.

OPL is a sustainability measure with a vision of a world in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives utilising their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. The OPL Framework is based on ten principles covering areas such as carbon, waste, transport, food and water. Bioregional Australia Foundation manages the OPL certification in Australia.

All 166 units comprising Liv Apartments will feature environmental, energy and water saving initiatives intended to reduce household bills and energy consumption. These include solar panels, edible gardens, landscape irrigation, a waste reduction strategy, energy saving ceiling fans and public plaza space with lawn.

DHA Managing Director Jan Mason said the Liv Apartments’ project was an example of the award-winning organisation’s commitment to creating sustainable communities.

‘Our aim is to be the first apartment development in Western Australia to achieve recognition as a One Planet Community and help to lead the industry into more sustainable construction and development in the future,’ said Ms Mason.

Bioregional Australia Foundation Executive Director Suzette Jackson says the Foundation looks forward to supporting Liv Apartment’s application of the One Planet Living international framework.

‘Bioregional Australia is excited to have Defence Housing Australia on board and committed to the One Planet Living international framework for the Liv Apartments Fremantle development,’ Ms Jackson said.

Liv Apartments was designed by award-winning international design firm Hassell. DHA is working with international sustainable design consultants Cundall to develop the One Planet Action Plan to secure recognition in the Australian One Planet Program for Liv Apartments.

Interested parties can find out more in person at the display suite at 75 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle (open Saturdays from 2-4pm and by appointment) or by calling 0438 007 155.

Artist impression: Liv Apartments was designed by award-winning international design firm Hassell.

For media enquiries contact:

Communication and Media | Defence Housing Australia
T. 02 6270 6025
M. 0421 040 098
media@dha.gov.au

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